How Many Styles of Backyard Water Fountains Are There?

ft_258__18206.jpg Whenever you want to chill out for a moment and get some fresh air, a garden is the perfect spot. While it is not a simple task to build one, you will be happy you did once you are able to relax and enjoy it. A beautiful garden will increase any property value, as “curb appeal” is vital to the market value. A water feature is not the only way to improve your landscape; consider adding trees and bushes, paving your driveway, or even putting in some eye-catching statues.

A water fountain can drastically alter the aesthetics of a garden. A true fantasyland can be developed from what used to be a very ordinary spot. The ambiance of your garden will be very different once you install a water fountain, as the calming sounds of the water will create an oasis for you as well as for the friendly birds and animals it will attract. All attention will now be focused on the dazzling fountain.

Sculpture As a Staple of Classic Art in Ancient Greece

The initial freestanding statuary was designed by the Archaic Greeks, a recognized achievement since until then the sole carvings in existence were reliefs cut into walls and pillars. For the most part the statues, or kouros figures, were of adolescent and nice-looking male or female (kore) Greeks. Symbolizing beauty to the Greeks, the kouroi were made to look rigid and always had foot forward; the males were healthy, strong, and naked. Life-sized versions of the kouroi appeared beginning in 650 BC.

During the Archaic period, a great time of change, the Greeks were evolving new forms of government, expressions of art, and a better understanding of people and cultures outside Greece. Throughout this time and other durations of historical tumult, encounters often happened, including battles fought amongst city-states such as the Arcadian wars and the Spartan infiltration of Samos.

The Perfect Tiered Fountain for your Yard

Fountains with more than one level are very easy to find, and popular especially in gardens. These kinds of fountains are common in Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean countries. Public squares and building courtyards are very popular areas where you will see tiered fountains. While some tiered fountains have ornate designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very basic.

Any area can be enhanced with one, although a more conventional setting is sometimes more suitable. The fountain should look as old as the rest of the area and fit in accordingly.

Tips for Putting in a Garden

A water source and an electrical socket are two important items that many people do not take into account when determining where they want to setup their garden fountain. People sometimes fail to remember the technical things because they get caught up in the excitement of putting in their newest purchase. Most power cords are 12 feet long and call for a 120v outdoor outlet, though an extension cord can always be added. You will also require a water resource close by so that you can easily fill your water fountain. Transporting water is difficult and laborious. The easiest way to fill the fountain is with a nearby hose. The ideal setup is with a water fountain autofill, but this has to be hooked up to an external water line and requires a skilled person to install it.

The Influence of the Norman Conquest on Anglo-Saxon Landscaping

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was dramatically changed by the introduction of the Normans in the later eleventh century. Architecture and gardening were skills that the Normans excelled in, trumping that of the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the occupation. However, there was no time for home life, domestic design, and adornment until the Normans had overcome the whole region. Most often built upon windy peaks, castles were basic constructs that permitted their inhabitants to spend time and space to offensive and defensive strategies, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings commonly added in only the most fecund, broad valleys. The sterile fortresses did not provide for the calm avocation of farming. The finest example of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent in modern times is Berkeley Castle.

It is said that the keep was introduced during William the Conqueror's time. As a method of deterring attackers from tunneling underneath the walls, an immense terrace surrounds the building. On 1 of these terraces lies a quaint bowling green: it's coated in grass and flanked by an old yew hedge that is formed into the shape of rough ramparts.


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